A Message from our Coach

Posted by Dickinson Gators on May 19 2020 at 01:51PM PDT in Summer 2020

Howdy Gators

For those of you that are coming back from last year, I have missed everyone and am super excited to see y’all. It has been a strange year, but I am ready for us to get back to swimming! For those who are new to the team, welcome! I am super excited to meet you!

{Let’s all start this year off right by reading this long email that is filled with some very important information, hopefully answering many of your questions}.

This summer is no doubt going to be different from those of the past. A lot of things are still up in the air. We are not sure how swim meets are going to work with social distancing. Practices will be structured differently—we are planning on having two different time options for practice (more on that later). And we are not sure exactly how long the season is going to last. The one thing we are sure of is this is going to be a great season. No matter how meets, practices, and anything else along the way work, we will be having lots of fun!

As I said before, we will have two separate practice times this year. We will offer both a morning practice and evening practice—please refer to the table below for times. We are not entirely sure of the logistics yet, but we are working on a way that will ensure close to equal numbers of people at each practice. We are considering having a sign up of some kind for practice times. At the very least we will be requiring our high school swimmers to attend the morning practice.
Parents will also be affected by these changes as well. In order to social distance, we will not be requiring that you stay inside the pool area during practice time. You can remain in your car, or even leave the pool. If you chose to leave the pool, we will require you fill out a form (just once for the year) which will contain your contact information along with some other things. If you chose to stay, we recommend you bringing a chair to sit in. The normal blue chairs will not be available as another precaution to stop the spread of COIVD-19.

_*Morning & Evening
8 & Under = 9:00 am – 9:45 am & 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
9 & Above (not high school) = 8:00 am – 9:00 am & 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
High School = 8:00 am – 9:00 am*_

Swim Meets
For swim meets this year, it is looking like we will have ‘virtual meets.’ (there is a small possibility we will move back to normal style meets at the end of the season) What this means is we will not be traveling to other teams or having other teams travel to our pool. This is one of the precautions the league is taking to keep everyone safe. Having two team meet at one pool with all the swimmers and parents does not appear to be safe at this time. Instead, each team will swim at their respected pools and we will record times just as we normally do at a swim meet. The times will be put online and compared with the other team’s times to see who won the meets. While this is not ideal for many reasons, especially the decrease in competitiveness, I am still very excited about them and there are also some benefits that I want you all to see. First and foremost, this method of a meet will help keep everyone safe by allowing better social distancing. Second, as a huge benefit to parents, the meet will go by MUCH faster. With less kids at the meet, there will be fewer heats and better opportunity to combine the heats that we have. Third, we will really be able to concentrate on our kids as the meet will be less hectic.
The championship meet series at the end of the year also appears to be canceled at this point.

Final Thoughts
As with everything now-a-days, this is a very fluid situation. We want to be very honest with you guys and get you as much information that we can as fast as we can, but please know some things might change. I am extremely excited to get started and I know this is going to be a great season. Please feel free to reach out to me or Coach Jay ( at any time!

Coach Colby


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